step 1 - i've graduated to actual lino blocks, not the rubber sheets i was using previously. they hold a line much better and the print pressure is more even. also finding that the cleared areas are less likely to have over-inking on them. the only downside is some badly jabbed fingers.
step 2 - better inking, more even inking, less flooding provides for a cleaner imprint.
step 3 - time. giving each stage of the print several hours to dry before moving to the next stage.
and yes you printmakers know all this already. i am making my own mistakes as i go along thank you very much.
there are still some pressure issues because i dont have a press yet to do these in. looking around for a book press though, that would be very nice one of these days.
photos below are of stage 2 prints. i'll recarve detail into the blocks and do another stage or two on top of these next.
this 2nd try is also in part due to my craftysister's recent post